Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. I hope that you notice the new header (above) that is the end result of efforts from tBBC’s Arts & Graphics Department. (Thanks, Joe). This is a “says it all” graphic; the James is in the background and our beverage if coffee. Another addition, the weekly embed of Sunday Morning. I hope that you enjoy the new look.
This week we’ll touch on a couple articles concerning The James, have some golf tips and of course, close things out with our Sunday Song. Grab your beverage and let’s proceed.
First, here’s some news about a leukemia drug (ibrutinib) that appears to show significant results against chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in clinical trials at The James. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 15,720 new case of CLL each each year, and it accounts for about 4,600 deaths per year. Mostly afflicting older adults, a person’s risk of getting this disease is about 1 in 200.
Here’s a great example of Paying It Forward. We already knew that A.J. Hawk is a great football player; this reminds us that he, and his wife Laura are great people, too.
But in 2012, A.J. cut his signature locks and with his wife, Laura, started an organization called Hawk’s Locks for Kids to raise money and collect donated hair for children who have lost theirs due to chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. But A.J. stresses that this wasn’t just about physical appearance.
“When kids lose their hair during cancer treatment, it’s not just a change they see in the mirror. Suddenly they feel different, which can negatively affect their self-esteem as well. We want them to see that there are so many people out here to help them with physical and emotional support as they go through that process.”
This is a great read on the Hawks. Don’t forget to sign up to support Pelotonia, or other similar efforts in your area.
Summer is here, so we’re talking golf. This clip was sent to me by a long time devoted reader of the site.
OK, my brother sent it.
Urban Meyer received a golf “lesson” from noted golf instructor Peter Kostis.
Here’s my commentary on Kostis’ commentary. Keep in mind that Kostis is a noted teaching professional and I’m not..
First, comparing Ernie Els swing to any amateur golfer is unfair, Kostis should know better. Els has one of the most beautiful, classical swings in golf. Anyone compared to Ernie will come up short. It may be a legitimate comparison if Urban and Ernie are of similar body types, but still.
Kostis takes issue with Urban’s posture, namely the knee flex and the center of gravity. Frankly, I don’t have a problem with Urban’s knee flex, it’s not ideal but it’s not a problem. You really don’t need/want a full hip turn when hitting a 7-iron. Kostis is right about Urban’s posture; it needs to be a bit more upright to move the center of gravity closer to his feet.
I agree with Kostis on Urban’s head rotation at/after impact. Urbs, don’t hold your head down. Let your right shoulder rotation pull your head to the left, facing the target.
Finally, my brother made a good point; why didn’t Kostis call out Urban on his baseball grip? Frankly, Urban has one ugly-ass grip. Just awful. Rather than a ‘baseball’ grip, popular with folks with weaker hands, which I doubt applies to Urban, he should switch to either an overlap or interlock grip. Urban, do yourself a favor; when you’re in the WHAC, wander over to see Coach Hession for a few tips. She’d be glad to help you out. I bet.
This Sunday, after some ‘landscaping’ effort, my Lovely Bride and I will retire to our patio and enjoy the backyard of Our House.